Monday, May 18, 2009

NObama, NoBush Steeler James Harrison's Head Too Big for White House, Can't Fit in Oval Office after Splitting MVP Cap

I laughed when I saw an ESPN story on James Harrison, a linebacker for Superbowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers explaining why he's turning down President Barack Obama's invitation to the White House. Oh, the arrogance!

And you anti-Obama people, don't race to give Harrison a medal. I suspect he'd tell you to f*ck off too. Note that he also refused to go to Washington when George Bush invited his team. Harrison thinks he's bigger than the White House, America.
Linebacker James Harrison has said the trip is no "big deal" and he'll skip it again after not making the trip following the Steelers' title in 2006.

"If you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don't win the Super Bowl," he told Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV. "So as far as I'm concerned he would have invited Arizona if they had won."

... "I don't feel the need to actually go," he said of the visit with President Obama. "I don't feel like it's that big a deal to me."(ESPN)
Emphasis on the word "me" here is probably an accurate reflection of Harrison's psyche.

Whether he goes to the White House is not important, but the arrogance of how he arrived at his opinion made me wonder, "Who raised this man?" Or at least, what happened to him in his life that he craves special recognition apart from any particular accomplishment? Is it all the money he's earning going to his head that makes him a prime candidate for Dickipedia? (Harrison money graphic comes from WLAE-TV)

I feel a sense of sorrow for him. I suspect the man has a hole in his soul.

From what I've observed, some athletes, having been inordinately praised over a lifetime, can be as big-headed as the most ego-maniacal movie star and as infantile as two-year-olds, but Harrison's reasoning reflects not only arrogance but also ignorance and perhaps spiritual poverty. His statements reveal he has no appreciation for history or his true place in the universal scheme. Most of us don't realize how small we are in the big picture, or we know and resent it. In that way, maybe Harrison's exceptionally ordinary.

He seems to be saying that the president, any president, should hanker to meet him simply because he is a Pittsburgh Steeler and completely discounts that his team is receiving an honor because its a champion. What other reasons would the president have for inviting them? Does he think that any POTUS needs a sports team for the sake of getting attention?

Yes, I see it now--Obama's all broken up that Harrison won't be there.

Generally, U.S. presidents don't behave like royalty, inviting people to come over by command just because they like them. It would be inappropriate for the president to ask the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team to come to the White House just because he likes them.

I could understand Harrison's decision if he were protesting some presidential policy the way protesters came out against Obama's speaking at Notre Dame, but it seems his only protest is "I want Obama to love me for me and the Steelers just because they are the Steelers." That and maybe he'd prefer to stay in that day and coo to his reflection in the mirror.

In Harrison's honor, I'm tweeting "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon at Twitter today. He's so vain, he thinks this world is about him!

Mr. Harrison, I know you're an MVP, but that stands for most valuable player in a game, not most valuable person on the planet. Just wanted you to know.


underOvr (aka The U) said...

Good afternoon Nordette,

I think that James has accomplished what he needed, attention. James wants people to notice him. This doesn't require admiration or respect; just your attention.

The amount of air time and digital ink devoted to what he said only fuels his craving desire for attention. This has nothing to do with the President or the Pittsburg Steelers. It has everything to do with James.He satisfied his lustful craving for attention and didn't even have to dress up in a wedding gown ala Dennis Rodman.

U said...

Hey there!

Is he serious?

He thinks he's bigger than the White House? I didn't even know his name until just now...


Vérité Parlant said...

Me either, Lisa. Much to my father's disappointment, I don't follow football and so when I saw the story I thought, who is he?

U, it's sad, but you're right. No batteries required, just attention.

And glad to see you back again. Hope all is well with you.

Charlotte said...

U it's true, I had the news on in the background of my life and had to rewind this story. What a goofball but it worked, he got my attention.

PPR_Scribe said...

Well, now that there is an extra space maybe the President will invite me! (waiting....)

Marvalus said...

Does he think that anyone will give a fat rat's a** that he won't be there!?

The only one that he is penalizing is himself and the memories that he is withholding from his family...